Shade Boutique Hotel in Manhattan Beach was my home away from home in California and I feel like I could have happily stayed there forever. I truly mean that. When I was a teenager the most glamorous life I could imagine, and would constantly daydream about, was the life of a writer, in a big city, living in a luxury hotel room. I still think I would be incredibly happy living that life, especially since it includes daily maid service.
My dog and I both enjoyed Shade’s perfectly glam roof deck. I loved the morning yoga classes…
And the Nickster enjoyed lounging by the pool, drinking cucumber water and deciding if he should bark at the other guests.
The daily, complimentary breakfasts were amazing…
But the real jewel of this hotel is it’s lobby bar-restaurant, Zinc. This is a cool little spot where you can end the day sipping a craft cocktail, chatting with the bartender and getting to know the other guests. My favourite fellow guests were two sisters from Atlanta. They were drinking wine and laughing every time I saw them and were in town to get a little botox and fillers in Beverly Hills. Just a touch so they could go back home looking “refreshed”.
There were a lot of delicious cocktails at Zinc but my absolute fave was the sweet and cool Cucumber- Pear Martini.
The Drink at Zinc
- 2 oz. Grey Goose pear vodka
- 1 oz St. Germain elderflower liqueur
- one peeled slice of cucumber, muddled in the glass
- lemon lime juice (organic citrus fruit, agave syrup and water to taste)
- Muddle cucumber in the bottom of a martini glass
- Shake (or stir) remaining ingredients with ice
- Pour over cucumber
Voila! A perfect cocktail.
Oh, and then there was the food…